Lured into buying Apple iPhone at half price,banker cheated of Rs 25,000

In the midst of a posh South Delhi market,criminals target and cheat an unsuspecting man.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: April 8, 2013 1:22 am

A bank employee was cheated of over Rs 25,000 by two men,who pretended to sell him an Apple iPhone in South Extension market in South Delhi last week. A case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Hauz Khas police station.

Yashvardhan Raygavhia,an employee of a private bank,was returning home in South Extension-II when the incident took place. According to police,Raygavhia belongs to Jharkhand but has been living in Delhi for some time.

On the day of the incident,Raygavhia’s brother-in-law dropped him at the bus stop.

As he was walking towards his house,two men approached him near a Lacoste showroom. “In his complaint,Raygavhia said that the duo showed him a laptop and an Apple iPhone,which he wanted to buy. He told them he would purchase the phone if they gave him a bill and agreed to buy it for Rs 25,000,” a senior police officer said.

According to the FIR,Raygavhia then went to the ATM and paid them Rs 25,000.

As soon as he handed them the money,they pushed him and escaped on a scooter without giving him the phone. He was not able to note down the number of the vehicle.

Within seconds,they were out of sight.

Raygavhia then approached the police and registered a complaint,after which an FIR was registered.

Police said one of the major stumbling blocks in the investigation is the lack of basic information. “The complainant explained the sequence of events. But he could not describe what the culprits look like or what they were wearing. There are hardly any basic details about their appearance that can give us a lead. Still,we are making all efforts and are talking to the shopkeepers in the area to ascertain if anyone had seen the culprits when they were talking to the Raygavhia or escaping,” the police officer said.

An investigating officer said Raygavhia trusted the culprits because they pretended to sell him a product worth Rs 50,000 at half the price.

“He was lured into buying it because they were selling him an expensive Apple product at a much cheaper rate. However,Raygavhia did not suspect that it could be a ploy to cheat him. Why would anyone sell a product at half the price with a bill?” the officer said.

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